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Posted at 4:18 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Jim Haslett calls out Post columnist

By Dan Steinberg

(By Ricky Carioti - TWP)


Jim Haslett was feeling talkative today. When the defensive coordinator was asked about whether he regrets anything about the transition to a 3-4 and what it did to the Albert Haynesworth situation, Haslett launched into a two-minute and 20-second answer. That answer included a diversion partway through to take several shots at an unnamed Post columnist. I told you that B Mitch vs. Phillip Daniels wouldn't be the final Redskins feud of the week!

"I watched all the films," Haslett told a Post reporter. "I watched 16 films, ok? I read your columnist writes in the paper 'the best defensive lineman you've got, best [versus] the run.' I disagree with that, all right? 'One of the best defensive linemen in the National Football League,' I disagree with that. 'One of the best guys in free agency,' I see Julius Peppers that year, I disagree with him.

"There's a lot of things that people write and say that I don't think they really ever watch film. The columnist, I never even see him out here to watch a practice, let alone a film. I don't know, does he come to the games? He probably watches it on TV. So there's a lot of things being said by a lot of different sources, but the reality is this: Thursday he had a bad practice, Friday he didn't practice and he was inactive for the game."

Burn. Haslett didn't cite exactly which column(s) he was talking about, but here are some highlights from Mike Wise on Haynesworth, dating back to training camp. If anyone can figure out these references more specifically, I'm all ears:

* "Because the organization was at war with its most talented defensive player all year, yet another need has to be met in the offseason."

* "Everyone in Ashburn now must absorb blame for trying to unsuccessfully make a very, very round peg fit in their square hole."

* "Somewhere beneath Albert Haynesworth's 6-foot-6, 335-pound frame still lie vestiges of the NFL's most dominant defensive player."

* "Regardless of how angry Shanahan is, all he has to do is look at the film. When he wants to play, Haynesworth is a monster truck in cleats."

* "No matter how furious Shanahan is over one of the most dominant defensive players in the game shunning offseason workouts...the coach has to put part of his effusive pride aside and realize the truth: A hungry, healthy and apparently slimmed-down Albert makes the Redskins a much more formidable team, even if he doesn't like the position he's playing."

Not an exact match. And while it's true that Mike Wise doesn't often go to Redskins practices any more, due to his radio responsibilities, the same could be said of a few of our columnists, this one included. So for now, this latest Redskins feud is still Jim Haslett vs. TBA.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 9, 2010; 4:18 PM ET
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Comments

You egg-shaped baldy Wise!

Posted by: JDP_ | December 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Barf. How so many folks can support a football player with such a despicable attitude is beyond me.

Posted by: Langway4Eva | December 9, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

They implemented a system and didn't have the personnel for it and can't admit they were wrong.

What else is new?

Who admits they were wrong around Skins Park and makes you BELIEVE they mean it and that they will learn from their mistakes?

Telling now, this organization is incapable of success. You can bring in anyone, until a real FOOTBALL ORGANIZATION from Owner down comes to town, this will continue...

Posted by: kahlua87 | December 9, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The only local columnists who provides any relevant info or commentary about the ins and outs of the game is John Keim. He's great.

Steiny, you do great work as well and have found your niche. It's excellent too.

J Reid and the RI crew should be there to provide practice updates and get interviews, but they always feel the need to provide gameday insights which are mostly terrible and just regurgitations of previous posts.

WAPO columnists these days are so out of touch it's laughable. Not sure anyone would read a Tracee Hamilton column unless it was to leave hate comments.

Keim and the Bog here are the only reliable sources of relevant info.

Keim on the game. Steiny on the circus.

Posted by: saltine182 | December 9, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Wise has been playing both sides of the fence on this issue. If someone says he has the Skins back, he'll saying we played the "Fat Albert" clip all the time! If someone says he has the Skins' back, he'll tell you agreed with the decision to suspend AH. Why does he do this? So he doesn't burn bridges with AH or the Skins --- Wise will always have a comeback! Wise is an opportunist for that big interview; so taking one side over the other, especially in this case, isn't something he's been willing to do. It's really shined through on the air. The only Post writer with a shred of objectivity is Sally Jenkins. Lavar Arrington needs to be tossed from the Post and WJFK. Can someone tell him he needs to learn to pronunciate H's?

Posted by: Matt252 | December 9, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Coach is just stating what we readers already knew...Mike Wise knows nothing about what he is writing about.

Posted by: VaBroker | December 9, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

They implemented a system and didn't have the personnel for it and can't admit they were wrong.

What else is new?

Who admits they were wrong around Skins Park and makes you BELIEVE they mean it and that they will learn from their mistakes?

Telling now, this organization is incapable of success. You can bring in anyone, until a real FOOTBALL ORGANIZATION from Owner down comes to town, this will continue...

Posted by: kahlua87 | December 9, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

That is bad news, these coaches are clueless about their mistakes in the Haynesworth saga ... mistake in trying to shift to a 3-4, good coaches should be able motivate AH, should be able to get production out of a good athlete like Devin Thomas. Shouldn't have signed a bunch of over the hill players that took valuable roster spots and are now either no longer producing or no longer on the team. Shanahan was a mistake, he failed in Denver for a reason, mostly because he can't stay out of the way of his ego ... perhaps if he can find the guy who failed in Oakland before getting to Denver he will have some success here.

Posted by: hakimallen | December 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Based off what he did to a pretty good defense, I don't think Haslett has ever watched any film either.

Go back to the UFL where you belong, moron.

Posted by: fufighter2121 | December 9, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

the attitude is prevalent throughout the organization, from the top on down. It will never change

Posted by: Leeguru | December 9, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

"Good coaches should be able to motivate AH." I guess Jeff Fisher failed also and the next coach to get AH will fail for sure...

A player making millions tells a coach he won't play the run, he won't play on first and second down...and then he tells the GM he will not speak to HIS COACH....KEEP HIM?????

Would Parcells or Gruden who sat Keyshawn Johnson down when he was insubordinate...

Prima donnas understand only one language and respect only a firm coach...AH had a field day with Zorn......

Posted by: pentagon40 | December 9, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Haynswort aside, all anyone has to do is look at film of Haslett's defenses here and in St. Louis to determine he should be suspended for conduct detrimental to the team as well.

Posted by: jmueller7 | December 9, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Fisher got plenty of Production out AH, Belichek doesn't have these issues, atleast until the Moss's contract was about to expire. Sure you can point to wrongs on AH's side, he shares plenty of the blame, but Shanahan failed, some coaches think their system will allow them to win against anyone, Coaches need players and they need to motivate them to produce at high levels.

Posted by: hakimallen | December 9, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

We all know that Wise is pretty clueless. On the other hand, what kind of a coach (one who has been a head coach no less) goes off on a member of the media? Criticism comes w/ the job. How thin-skinned is Haslett?

Posted by: randysbailin | December 9, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

We all know that Wise is pretty clueless. On the other hand, what kind of a coach (one who has been a head coach no less) goes off on a member of the media? Criticism comes w/ the job. How thin-skinned is Haslett?

Posted by: randysbailin | December 9, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Haslett must realize he'll be let go after the season

Posted by: katomato | December 9, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

@hakimallen, I disagree.

Any player that NEEDS motivation to produce at high levels should not be in the NFL. Coaches at the NFL level are there to implement game plan, make adjustments, and correct mistakes.

A paycheck to play a sport should be enough motivation for ANYONE. Not to mention the potential to make more money, the fame, the extended vacations. What happened to the drive to win? The desire to be the best? Pride! We're talking about someone who wants to be the best player to ever play the position and you think it's the coaches responsibility to motivate him? Heck and No.

Posted by: MillBurray | December 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

haslett or has been?

put one of those dim dan 50 dollar brown paper bags (on sale at the team shop before the redskunks get blown out next game) over your head and get a ticket out of here.

Posted by: xxxxxx1 | December 9, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins want a controversy, any controversy, to keep the conversation away from the team. And surely that worth discussing most is how did a defensive coordinator take a team that had a lot of talent and produce such a disaster?

Posted by: jhough1 | December 9, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins want a controversy, any controversy, to keep the conversation away from the team. And surely that worth discussing most is how did a defensive coordinator take a team that had a lot of talent and produce such a disaster?

Posted by: jhough1 | December 9, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I loved the Jim Haslett signing, but either he is clueless or just a mouthpiece for Shanahan. One there was nothing 'free' about Julius Peppers two years ago when we signed Haynesworth. He was a Franchise player and would have cost 2 1st round picks to sign (including our pick where we got Orakpo). Secondly how can anyone dispute Haynesworth's dominance? He blows up the line on almost every play. Compare the pressure, room in the pocket and numbers when Haynesworth was in the game compared to when he wasn't. He might not be a 'team player', but the team didn't exactly play to his strengths.

Posted by: Steveo11 | December 9, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Judging from the level of his work, I'm wondering whether Haslett watches film either. It's not easy to take a top ten defense from last year and drive it to the bottom of the pile this year with essentially the same personnel.

It's not for no reason that Haslett was in the UFL last year. How many coaches of his experience are so unwanted that they have to go, not even to college, but to the UFL!!!!!

Looks like the other NFL head coaches had a better handle on his abilities than Shanahan did.

Posted by: 54465446 | December 9, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I can't stand the way so many people are saying the 3-4 is a failure just because it isn't wokring this year. No duh. Let's see how it works when we get the right personnel in there. Shanahan spent the off year researching what schemes have the best longterm success in the NFL, and the 3-4 is overall a more effective D.

Now, you can argue we had the personnel for a very good 4-3 defense, and why fix what ain't broke? Two answers as I see it:
1) at 4-12, exactly how good was that defense? Lots of defenses can rack up impressive stats, only to fold on important downs in important games.
2) Most of all, we had the personnel to have a very good 4-3 for a couple more years at most, but a lot of the team is old and getting older. Do what is best for the team in the longterm, and STOP trying to tweak a team that needs a long-term plan. When do you want the defense to be most effective, this year and next when the offense is still a work-in-progress, or three years from now when everything is coming together?

Give me the 3-4, high draft picks, and a couple swigs of perspective. We rail against Snyder (rightly) but have been trained to think in the myopic mindset of just winning the next game, not developing an organization with a purpose and plan.
6-10, 8-8, 10-6, 10-6, 10-6..., baby!

Go check out what Atlanta has done -- and we are several years behind their timetable because we are still tearing down the mess Vinny and Danny created before we can get to year 0.

wake me when it's 2013!

Posted by: minorthread | December 9, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

No team does well their first season running a 3-4, people need to chill out about that. From what I see of the new coaching staff most the moves last year made sense in terms of the transition. Anyone they added was added because they fit the new philosophy, not because they were good.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 9, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

I call out Haslett for trashing our defense.

Posted by: berou | December 9, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

"Anyone they added was added because they fit the new philosophy, not because they were good."

philopsphy? this franchise as long as dim dan is near it?

good? that would be leanin in.

delusional.

Posted by: xxxxxx1 | December 9, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Well Wise is the obvious choice because he quite pathetic.It speaks poorly of the Post and their editors that he still has a job.But don't count out Arrington.These guy's are clueless and have their nose way up the bad players A@@es.

Posted by: cbushea55 | December 9, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wise is both a very poor writer and analyst. The Post would do well to suspend him for the rest of the season.

Posted by: janthony11 | December 9, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wise is a talented writer but is no longer a credible journalist. He's become a pontificator of the sort bookending his radio show. They delight in picking the scabs of others then gloating when infection sets in.

By the way Lavar...there's no "u" in similar. What did they teach you at Penn St anyway?

Posted by: snake23 | December 9, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

I will gladly take Wise over Kornheiser or Wilbon. He comes much closer to making sense than either of those two ever did.

Posted by: Dancy1 | December 9, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Haslett, good luck fighting the WaPo.

We know you need all the Danny (I hate WaPo) Snyder brownie points you can get. But most people that run a last ranked defense are smart enough to shut up. Most ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 9, 2010 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Wise does not know anything.

Posted by: sonofliberty09 | December 9, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

My god...when will The Post, WJFK, & Comcast learn...YOU ARE LOSING CREDIBILITY BEING IN THE MIKE WISE GAME!!!...he's a hack of a writer...and a horrible radio personality...

Posted by: Maestro301 | December 10, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

There's a little bit of irony here. The coach who insists the columnist knows little or nothing about football, demonstrates that he knows little or nothing about reporting -- or at least is pretending that's the case.
The columnist does not watch game and practice film the way a coach does and the columnist may not be out to many practices. But that doesn't mean that the columnist's only source of information is the televised game as the coach suggests.
As the coach certainly knows, a team's players and assistant coaches will talk outside official channels, especially when they are unhappy with a team's performance. Players, coaches and other officials of other teams also can help flesh out the printed version of a team's record.
Does the columnist do that kind of digging regularly? I've no way of knowing but the one apparently being targeted seems at least to be breaking even -- something the coach often fails to do.

Posted by: TheOLeary | December 10, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Allow me to translate.

[Based on the scene from the movie "Airplane" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymMBEwtRZOg]

CSD: Excuse me, fellow fans. I speak Haslett.

Haslett: "There's a lot of things that people write and say that I don't think they really ever watch film!!"

CSD: "He just said 'I am under a lot of stress as I turned a top-ten NFL defense into the worst in the league in one year. I'm looking for a new gig for next year.'"

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | December 10, 2010 12:37 AM | Report abuse

I can’t believe the amount of morons still defending Fat Albert and blaming the coaching staff. Hey. They inherited a lousy team, with lousy players, and they are doing the best they can and that is a vast improvement from where we were these past few years. I guess some of you morons would want to go back to the Zorn era when Fat Albert could do whatever he pleased, huh? Well how good was he then? Snyder’s error was hanging too long to Cerrato, he created the mess that Shanahan and his staff are trying to clean.
And please, give your little brain cells (the one or two you have left) a rest and stop talking about the other busts like Devin Thomas and Jason Campbell. As I said, just getting rid of some of those crappy players is a vast improvement in the future of this team.

Posted by: hock1 | December 10, 2010 1:19 AM | Report abuse

Lets look at Haslet's record...everywhere he's been.

Let's look at Shanny's record WITHOUT Elway...

Let's remember all the negative things written here about McNabb...before he changed uniforms.He was mediocre with a very good offense in Philly,he's bad here...

Anyone could haveseen Haslets record before he landed here.Anyone could have looked up Shanahan's without Elway...fired in what,two seasons ?

Same old average,nice guy McNabb...most accurrate when throwing at the ground in front of receivers.

Haynesworth isn't the only problem needing cutting.

Posted by: petebowling1 | December 10, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Look at our defense.

Jim Haslett has been reading the Washington Post and he's able to quote directly off the top of his head, everything he's disagreed with that was written by one columnist.

I can only shake my head. Repeatedly.

Are you kidding me?

He READS the paper.

With a vengeance?

Welp. Time to put the feelers out there for a new D Coordinator.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 10, 2010 4:00 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe I'm missing Zorn. He was such a nice guy.

This crop, though? It's like they all escaped from the looney bin. It's like a Fking personality disorder cocktail.

Oh, man. We are so screwed.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 10, 2010 4:04 AM | Report abuse

who cares about mike wise -- he's an idiot not worth reading or listening to -- i stopped reading his columns and listening to 106 the fan during his time slot --- he's awful, not worthy of anyone's time

Posted by: bestmick1 | December 10, 2010 5:21 AM | Report abuse

They implemented a system and didn't have the personnel for it and can't admit they were wrong.

What else is new?
=======================
Well...if you buy into the concept of building a team then it is quite simple why they can't admit they were wrong..becuase they wern't. When constructing a team you put in place the system you believe is the best to make the team a contender in the long run. If you don't run the new system and stick with it for the whole season, how do you know who fits? Who doesn't? and who struggled, but looks like they will make the transition? Unless you run your system you have no idea where you need to make personnel changes in the offseason. A mega free agent is not going to fix it no matter what system they run.

Posted by: akmzrazor | December 10, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

against TBA?? TBA or unidentified source is they only way thic communist, snyder taint sniffin, dog potty paper ever identifies anyone! wow...Shadddduuuuuppp. they all suck, potato head wilbon, that bald poodle kornheiser, Roswell, Shlepiro, the whole crowd is the worst read in all of sports. they stink so bad, the redskins look like the 75 Steelers compared to the quality of work the post does.

Posted by: doyouktt | December 10, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Haynesworth is an ingrate and should get his locker cleaned out and get out of town as fast as possible. When the man's brother died, Snyder gave him the use of his private plane to shuttle his family to the burial and memorial. Snyder gave the man the richest contract in the history of professional football. How does he show his appreciation? The record speaks for itself. If I had my druthers, I'd have him picking cotton for a year, and then perhaps he would have a greater appreciation for what he has received for doing barely anything of substance. Good riddance. For the record, I am a "Brother" who resents bufoons like Haynesworth.

Posted by: nmyricks | December 10, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

Again, blame the media.

Notwithstanding the fact the defensive scheme has been an abject failure.

Easy answer: win some games, and everybody -- including the columnists -- is happy.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 10, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Haslett will be Shanahan's sacrificial lamb for any losing season this year (I thought we'd go 8-8, probably 6 or 7 wins now).

I would've played a 4-3 this year, while working on 3-4 looks through training camp and the season. A 4-3 can still be aggressive and go for ball strips / turnovers. Heck, in Orakpo we've got the guy we need to switch between 4-3 and 3-4, a pass-rushing DE then team want to be a pass-rushing OLB.

The guys who've looked good on D are the guys who, let's face it, we knew were reliable. Now the likes of Albert and Andre Carter are less valuable, should we be able (and in Carter's case, willing) to trade.

Once again, there are a pile of issues (owner / front office, lack of depth and talent, coaching and system) and we're looking for a scapegoat. Whatever, Haynesworth and Haslett will be gone and some people at Redskins Park will be convinced we're ready to contend. Ugh.

Controversial suggestion - Wade Phillips for D-Coordinator? Excellent coordinator who can't threaten the HC's position, installed a fearsome 3-4 at D*ll*s, knows their playbook and just might be motivated to get his revenge on Jason Garrett?

Posted by: stevebeagrie | December 10, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

When I read some of the comments made about Albert Haynesworth I think to myself, how can people be so completely naive. Over the past two seasons, they have given him every opportunity to be successful. If he is such a monster truck in cleats than it shouldn't matter at all what defensive base scheme he plays in. The cream rises to the top as they say. Plus the skins have altered their base schemes over time and depending on the situation. Albert's attitude toward all of this has been pure crap. He is his own worst enemy and was looking for any excuse not to play. During his time in Washington he has proven to be worthless. I have watched the majority of games that he has played in and he has made (at best) just a handful of good plays.
Let's face it, he was a bust and it's time to move on.

Posted by: bucsdad1 | December 10, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

When I read some of the comments made about Albert Haynesworth I think to myself, how can people be so completely naive. Over the past two seasons, they have given him every opportunity to be successful. If he is such a monster truck in cleats than it shouldn't matter at all what defensive base scheme he plays in. The cream rises to the top as they say. Plus the skins have altered their base schemes over time and depending on the situation. Albert's attitude toward all of this has been pure crap. He is his own worst enemy and was looking for any excuse not to play. During his time in Washington he has proven to be worthless. I have watched the majority of games that he has played in and he has made (at best) just a handful of good plays.
Let's face it, he was a bust and it's time to move on.

Posted by: bucsdad1 | December 10, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

True, Wise is a dreadful columnist, but c'mon. This defense STINKS. Haslett should be ashamed of their (and his) performance.

Posted by: dbunkr | December 10, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Coaches still locked-in on peripheral non-important distractive objectives. Gosh, coach we like and want you to get your dander up for all the players to get ready for our next opponent especially divisional games. Nothing explained or opinioned on how the over-all defense is doing or needs continued improvement. Get upset when you are one of us, A WASHINGTON REDSKIN ON THE INSIDE.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | December 10, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins signed Haynesworth based upon how he played in Tennessee.

The Skins weren't able to get him to play that way here. Was it because he didn't care because he had the money?
Was it because the Skins used him differently?

It seems to me if you are going to pay somebody that much money you would try everything to get a return on your investment. I'm not sure the Skins did that but only they know for sure.

Posted by: Pensfans | December 10, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Haslett now knows he should have played a 4-3 this year because he did not have the proper personnel to play 3-4.
Really "Carter" playing LB?
So next year will be a learning year also.
Fletcher and the group are looking old!

There might be a lockuout next year I for one won't care.
It's not the game i grew up with anymore so it won't matter that much.
People say this and that person making too much money. I for one would not let my child play the game. They derserve every penny they get.
Playing in pain? Nope, they can have it.

Posted by: shamken | December 10, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Amen Haslett, we've rid ourselves of Wilbon now let's get rid of Sally Jenkins sitting up in NY and Wise. Journalist today are lazy and look to get an easy story anyway they can, to take even further all of the media genre's are getting lazy notice how they want you to send them your pictures of whatever is going on...the weather guy on channel 4 Doug ask that you send him your christmas light pictures but yet it's titled Doug's christmas lights what crap how are they his lights he didn't put them up nor did he go out and take the pictures...

Posted by: papaskynz | December 10, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

let's see, don't go to the practices, watch the game on TV, gee, I could be a Post columnist.

Posted by: DamManly | December 10, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

The coach is exactly right. As to who he was referring to....well Mike Wise would be at the top of the list! He continues to demonstrate a total lack of understanding
when it comes to evaluating players, and understanding strategy. HOWEVER, he is not alone..RICK MAESE..is in the same life boat.
IT IS AMAZING THAT THE WP CAN EMPLOY GUYS THAT WOULD BE BETTER SUITED TO WRITE FOR THE NATIONAL INQUIRER.

As for the 3-4 defense...one post said just wait until they get the right players, well, it will take 3-4 years, and some very successful drafts to make that defense work. Right now..ORAPKO, AND LANDRY ARE THE ONLY DOMINANT PLAYERS ON DEFENSE. IN ADDITION THEY HAVE NO SAFETIES THAT CAN COVER RECEIVERS, ONE CORNER WHO SIMPLY CANNOT CATCH A BALL...AND ZERO PASS RUSH. THE LINEBACKERS ARE NOT FAST, AND THEY GET RUN OVER BY THE BIG BACKS.
OBVIOUSLY, THEY CAN`T STOP THE RUN...AND THERE IS NO TEAM SPEED ON EITHER SIDE OF THE BALL...FOR THE MOST PART.
OF COURSE THEY NEED TO ALSO REPLACE MOST OF THE O LINE, AND FIND A COUPLE OF COMPETENT BACK UP GUYS. THEY NEED A YOUNG QB WITH FOOT SPEED, AND AN ACCURATE ARM. RUNNING BACKS WITH TRUE SPEED...TOO BAD BANKS IS SO SMALL..HE HAS THAT KIND OF SPEED.

So... 3-4 years would be quite optimistic
in producing a 3-4 defense that will be effective.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | December 10, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Haslett needs to spend more time working on his LAST PLACE defense and teaching his guys how to tackle, instead of reading the newspaper..... But if he IS going to read the newspaper, maybe he should be reading the EMPLOYMENT section.... Maybe we can get Marvin Lewis back..

Posted by: amontgomery1 | December 10, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Mr Steinberg has a conflict of interest that he fails to recogize, so him writing opionion on top of opinion from a colleague with out mentioning that, is shameful. Having blogs from Levar, who has such an obvious axe to grind and butchers the english language along the way is also shameless and shows how far the Post has fallen from it's once high standards.

Mike Wise is a loudmouth fool, trying to gin up controversy for his own gain. I long for the days of Tony, Mike, Tom, and the other sports writers who gave qaulity work for many years. If the Post wonders why their readership is falling, they don't have to look very far. Why would I care what uninformed idoits have to write. What happened to the standards of the once mighty Post?

Mike Wise and Dan Steinberg are lightweight fools with no national creditability and never will. To defend what Albert has done on any level is a joke. I would expect very shortly for him to be your next contributer.... be careful how you write his contract. I think the Grahams are fine people.... I wish they would please save thier own product!

Posted by: markh1362 | December 10, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Jim Haslett is the Albert Hanesworth of defensive coordinators. He took a top ten defense and turned it into junk.

The Redskins management lectures about accountability. Practice what you preach Skins and do what several other teams have done before you - FIRE HASLETT.

Posted by: SadHoo | December 10, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Funny how all this revolved around AH not wanting to play the 3-4. Sure he's a class A d-bag, but he took a stand for something he believed in. Maybe if some of our other players who had great yrs last yr in the 4-3 like carter( 10 sacks i think) and Orakpo (11 sacks to lead all rookies,ProwBowl Rookie) and maybe some other guys woulda stood by AH this team wouldn't have turned a top 10 defense (for like the past 5 yrs) into the worst defense in the league. This has solved nothing. The D is gonna be as bad as it's been all yr, and very little is gonna change. The 3-4 experiment hasn't worked this year, and there is no guarantee that they can get it to work. I ain't callin AH Nostradomus, but if his gripe was the switch to the 3-4, i agree with AH. Did he behave as i would have? of course not, but then again, it's not my life. We can all side with the organization against Albert's behavior, but at the end of the day we all must acknowledge that the 3-4 is a nightmare for us, and if you could've foreseen this level of difficulty making he change then you might've stuck with the 4-3.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 10, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Yeah. Wise is typically wishy-washy in his posts/columns.
But Haslett has destroyed a pretty damn good defense in one year.

Posted by: JONJJ | December 10, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

The Redskins obsession with the Post coverage is insane. It's easy to see that this trickles down from the very top, as our thin-skinned jerk of an owner holds a grudge.

Here's the ironic thing: If anyone among the collection of idiots that are employed in Ashburn just did their job and did it correctl, the Post wouldn't have nearly as much to write about.

There's nothing good about this franchise. I suppose the midget owner thinks the Post should fabricate stories of huge wins and flower gardens blooming at Redskins Park, but it doesn't work that way. The story of this organization over the last 12 years is a completely negative one. Our owner and his minions simply can't handle the truth.

Posted by: thediesel | December 10, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

brian m, is and always will be a sour malcontent, he has never forgiven the redskins for not giving him what he asked for before he left for philly. the skins did not give riggins or jurgenson extra seasons when they where through ether .nor doug williams.however they moved on with their lives this b.m. does not seem able to do.you will never get an objective opinion about the skins org. from b m i will take lavars speech problem over b m 's venom any day

Posted by: rwest828hope | December 10, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

The defensive game plan in the second Philly game was the worst I've ever seen in 40 years of watching Redskins football. Every defense called was the absolute worst for the play the Eagles were running. On that game alone, Haslett should be fired.

Posted by: unquiltom | December 10, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

to ''thinker'' you should be missing greg williams instead of zorn williams has a superbowl ring. if the skins had done what joe gibbs told the to do and given the head job to williams hayneworth would have been all pro the last two years. ironcally haslett use be the saint's head coach.

Posted by: rwest828hope | December 10, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Mike Wise = BUFFOON

Posted by: oldschoolfan | December 10, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Hock1 and Pensfan are both correct.

Most of the sports writers for Post had been saying from the time AH got here until about a few weeks into the season that he was "one of the best defensive lineman" "best defensive players" etc. Even though last year he did not perform anywhere close to Pro Bowl caliber. If they would have done their homework as related to how he was perceived by the coaching staff in Tenn. and his work ethic perhaps he would not have rated so high in the Post's estimation. We have seen by AH's work ethic that he "got his money" so why did he have to perform? He was not playing for a contract, as he was in Tenn., and Snyder was too foolish to see that you do not pay players with poor work ethics money up-front.

Posted by: AlfromAlexandria | December 10, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

* "Everyone in Ashburn now must absorb blame for trying to unsuccessfully make a very, very round peg fit in their square hole."

This quote was botched by Wise on the Junkies show too! I've heard it at least one other time on the radio stated incorrectly. At least EB realized it was wrong. Take note: A round peg can fit in a square hole!!! It should be trying to fit a SQUARE peg into a ROUND hole! Think about it - it's pretty obvious - reporters cannot even get sayings correct in this town, and they want to comment on the dysfunctional football team? Stay in school and pay ATTENTION in school boys and girls, so you will sound educated!

Posted by: terptek | December 10, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wise is a buffoon. He lost appeal to me when he opened his mouth on the radio. I don't listen to any of WJFK radio. It's all designed to antagonize folks. He has used both sides of the Haynesworth drama to draw ratings. I stopped watching the NBC Redskin's show on Saturday, because his participation is not worthy of an insider.

Posted by: Budpratt1 | December 10, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

You egg-shaped baldy Wise!

Posted by: JDP_ | December 9, 2010 4:29 PM


my sentiments exactly, The Post is compromised of morons that think they know the game of football inside and out but really the press in sports is no different from TMZ nowadays, no news is good news, they want drama so they write more about it. You Baldy, Wise and all the jerks that can't write anything good anymore, The Skins s-u-c-k, they have been for a decade, DUH??!!

Posted by: datruth21 | December 10, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Today, on his radio show, I caught Wise rant at Skins fans who took the game too seriously. He indicated he was more intersted in the personalities of the team, than the game itself. And he seemed to take great pride in not being from the DC area.
Why the Post hires "writers" like this, is beyond me. I suppose it's indicative of why I cancelled WaPo Delivery several years ago.

Posted by: Hattrik | December 10, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Fact is, this defense has run its course. Its leader, London, is old. It has only one effective pass-rusher. It has a decent secondary, but will most likely waive goodbye to a good cover-corner in C-Rog. It has no dominant D-linemen. This highlights the need to replenish 4 positions on Defense. Haslett may deserve some blame, but not all of it. Add to this the teams need for a WR, Center and RB, and you have a recipe for a REALLY important draft.

Posted by: wewbank1 | December 11, 2010 6:50 AM | Report abuse

RIGHT ON hock1

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | December 11, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Well, if Mike Wise is involved,then the Haynesworth fiasco is obviously all about race. If benching McNabb for a whole 2 minutes results in a long column ripping the Redskins entire organization for racism (and fellow Post writer/NPR commentator John Feinstein called for Shanahan to be fired!), then obviously the Redskins are racist against Haynesworth. Seriously, The Post owes Shanahan and McNabb both an apology - but screaming "racism" means Never Having to Say You're Sorry...

Posted by: dfoster1 | December 11, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Mike Wise should be covering cooking or culture.He doesn't do more than embarrass himself when he writes about the Redskins or other pro football teams.

Posted by: bowspray | December 11, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

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